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'''William Clark''' (August 1, 1770 – September 1, 1838) was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor.Jones, ''William Clark and the Shaping of the West'' A native of Virginia, he grew up in prestatehood Kentucky before later settling in what became the state of Missouri. Clark was a Planter (American South)|planter and slaveholder.Jay Buckley, ''William Clark: Indian Diplomat,'' University Oklahoma Press, 2008, pg 20-1 Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806 across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean, and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States.''Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny'' Robert Miller, Bison Books, 2008 pg 108 Before the expedition, he served in a militia and the United...
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Birth placeLadysmith, Virginia|Ladysmith, Colony of Virginia
Death date{{death date and age|1838|09|01|1770|08|01}}
Death placeSt. Louis, Missouri
AppointerJames Madison
Term startJuly 1, 1813
Term endSeptember 18, 1820
PredecessorBenjamin Howard (Missouri)|Benjamin Howard
SuccessorAlexander McNair
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